100 series DX transfer case selector vibration

Submitted: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 15:49
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I have a bottom of the line model 100 series 2002 with the manual locking front hubs. The transfer case has a vibration/chattering in it that changes in pitch when you put pressure with your hand on the selection lever. I have spoken to six different toyota mechanics. One said that it could be a worn output shaft and started talking about rebuilding, another said that he had no idea, and the other four all said that they had commonly experienced this problem in the base model cruiser and that it was caused by the selector fork vibrating against the selector hub so it was a grin and bear it situation that isn't a serious problem, just noisy. I asked whether re-racing would make a difference and they all said no. Does anyone else have experience with this and in your experience did it turn out to be anything serious?
I am asking because I am trying to work out whether to pursue it as a warranty issue with the dealer that I bought if from. Fair Trading's mechanical inspector is looking at it tomorrow, so I will probably take his advice, but it would be good to know if anyone else has dealt with the problem.

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Reply By: Member - John L G - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:10

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 16:10
Take the opportunity to pu carpet on the floor!!!!!
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Reply By: Johnnotoo - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:04

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:04
I too have a 2002 Std Cruiser with same problem. Apparently, it is common from what I have been told. To alleviate my noise, I got some pieces of reasonably firm sponge from the rubber shop , removed the rubber boot from the gearshift/traansfer lever and pushed it over both after cutting suitably spaced holes in it . I used a couple of layers. It does not impede shifting levers and tends to dampen/absorb vibration. A fiddly job but it is reasonably effective. I also lubricated the linkages too which appeared to help. I find it amazing that Toyota can allow this to be when they must have made vast numbers of these vehicles and must be aware of the irritating nature of the problem. Especially as when new they cost $55k plus!
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:11

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:11
Thanks for that Johnno. It's a pain in the butt, but you can just turn up the stereo I guess. I will definately try that thick foam rubber trick as a couple of yota blokes recommended it too.

Apart from that, they are great trucks, despite what nissan blokes say ;) Mine is going across the simmo in july so its a big relief to know that i dont need to worry about the noise.
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Reply By: shaggy - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:32

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:32
I have same part time setup standard model, but cannot say theres any noise from the transfer case. But it doesnt like to stay in low range when first engaged. So it is a matter of engage low range, drive forward a few meters, and then yank it into low range again to make sure it stays there. Very scary when it pops out into neutral when heading down the first steep downhill after just engaging 4wd low range.
No vibration or noise though. I would chase it up.
And NEVER put carpet in it. It is for sissy boys who are too worried what their mates will say about their car. Rubber interior sells for far more at wreckers then carpet. Price it up and see. More people go to rubber from carpet then other way around. Mud? What mud? Just hose it out when you get home, or if dry, just a damp cloth fixes it.
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:34

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:34
Hw many kays and has it been used for towing?
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Follow Up By: shaggy - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:49

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:49
No towing, and its just under 300,000 km. Only towed motorbike trailer total maybe 300 kg. But I am fourth owner so who knows what it did the first couple of hundred thousand...
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Reply By: fatz - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:14

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:14
Same issue. Will eventually do what shaggy's is doing and pop out of low range. Get it fixed under the warrenty if you can otherwise it will cost you $1400 like mine did.
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:17

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:17
What exactly did you have to replace?
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Follow Up By: fatz - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:50

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:50
Had to get a rebuilt transfercase, was the only option at the time. 1400 changeover. Very hard to get secondhand, and then you dont know what you are buying.
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Follow Up By: sjp - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 20:08

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 20:08
rebuilt transfer case just from the transfer lever rattling a bit ,mine does this as well as the transmission making bearing noises when hot all at massive 32,000 klm ,if i dont get it fixed under warrenty it will be the last toyota i'll buy,seriously considering the landrovers
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Follow Up By: Ando79 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:51

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:51
if 4.2TD patrols were'nt so hard to come across, and I haven't seen one for sale or ex-govt for over 6 months, I would have bought one. 100 srs seemed like the logical alternative, but maybe a landy or a troopy or something would have been better. Too late for me. Bu99er!
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